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Warner wins: Republican Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race

November 7th, 2014 1:59 pm by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Gillespie said he would not seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one.

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Middle Tenn. mayors urge road funding fix

Middle Tenn. mayors urge road funding fix

December 18th, 2014 6:59 am by Associated Press

A group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee is urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs.

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Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

December 17th, 2014 4:27 pm by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press

Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmake

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Ramsey changes course on governor's Medicaid expansion plan

Ramsey changes course on governor's Medicaid expansion plan

December 12th, 2014 10:25 am by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawma

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Congress voices displeasure in considering $1.1T spending bill

Congress voices displeasure in considering $1.1T spending bill

December 11th, 2014 7:18 am by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

"This may be a 'hold your nose' vote," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. "Do you really think next year, with Republicans entirely in control, that it would actually get better?"

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Ramsey nominated for Senate speaker spot

Ramsey nominated for Senate speaker spot

December 10th, 2014 10:42 am by Staff Report

The state Senate's Republican caucus has once again nominated Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey as Speaker of the Senate, a post he will likely re-assume as the 109th General Assembly convenes in Nashville next year.

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Law school: Union president says Washington County teachers denied legal counsel during meetings

Law school: Union president says Washington County teachers denied legal counsel during meetings

December 4th, 2014 9:42 pm by Nathan Baker

A Washington County teachers' union president turned the district's board of education meeting space into a classroom Thursday night with some stern words and a handout outlining the importance of allowing employees proper representation during administra

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Ousted Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield empties Senate account

Ousted Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield empties Senate account

November 10th, 2014 11:34 am by Associated Press

Under rules for "constituent communications" accounts, if Campfield hadn't spent the money it would have gone to Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs, who defeated Campfield in the primary.

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Abortion rights supporters want vote invalidated

Abortion rights supporters want vote invalidated

November 7th, 2014 7:31 pm by Associated Press

Opponents of Amendment 1 are asking a federal judge to void the vote that amended the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortions.

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Tennessee lawmakers readying new abortion restrictions

Tennessee lawmakers readying new abortion restrictions

November 6th, 2014 4:13 pm by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

Proposals include counseling, waiting periods, new clinic regulations and ultrasound requirements.

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Amendment 1 backer, foe both expect strict regulation

Amendment 1 backer, foe both expect strict regulation

November 5th, 2014 9:19 pm by Becky Campbell

Local supporters and opponents of Amendment 1 expect Tennessee legislators will work quickly to put stricter regulations on abortion clinics in place after voters approved the state constitutional measure on Tuesday.

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